TROY – Troy University mathematics professor Dr. Sergey Belyi has been named a Fulbright Scholar and will spend three months at East Ukrainian National University and Donetsk National University collaborating on mathematical research.
"The College of Arts and Sciences is extremely proud of Dr. Belyi and we congratulate him on being selected as a Fulbright Scholar," said Dr. Don Jeffrey, Vice Chancellor of TROY's Dothan Campus and interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "I am sure that Dr. Belyi's work in Ukraine during his sabbatical will broaden both the field mathematical analysis and the benefit his students receive from his classes."
Dr. Belyi, who joined the University's faculty in 1996, earned his doctorate from the University of South Florida, where he completed a master of arts degree in mathematics. Originally from Ukraine, he holds both a bachelors and masters degree from Donetsk National University.
"Traditionally Ukraine has several strong scientific groups of mathematicians that work in the field of Functional Analysis and Operator Theory," Dr. Belyi said. "This project is important because upon completion of the project we plan to use our collaborative efforts to obtain new and better results in spectral theory of linear operators, system and control theory, and mathematical physics."
He plans to work with world-recognized experts in the field, professors Vladimir Derkach (Donetsk) and Yury Arlinskii (East Ukraine), with whom he has collaborated in the past. He will also take an active role in several seminars with faculty and students at both universities.
"This project will help establish long-term research contacts with between Troy University and two major universities of Eastern Ukraine (Donetsk National University and East Ukrainian National University), he said. "Faculty and graduate students of these schools will have a firsthand experience communicating and working with a representative of a United States higher education establishment without having language and cultural barriers."
Dr. Belyi earned the Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Scholar Award in 1999, is a past-president of the Mathematics Section of the Alabama Academy of Sciences and is associate editor of MERLOT, the Mathematics Editorial Board.
The Fulbright program is administered by the U.S. Department of State.